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Added by bobbie_g
Cover by thepenguin

Added on: 09/10/2002
Latest update: 10/05/2022
User updates processed: 12

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Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition (1997) [4102985]

Country  USA    
Released  26/11/1997
Publisher  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Price  124.98 USD

UPC  086162410260UPC=086162410260
I-S-B-N  (none)
Collection  Star Wars
Category  Sci-Fi

Color  Color
Length  408 min.
Sides  9
Chapters  153
Size  12"
Picture  Letterboxed
Ratio  2.35:1
Plastic  Transparent
Cover  Box Set
Rot status  Low probability [?]
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Manufactured by  Pioneer USA



Intro Egypt - Dolby Digital Intro THX Cimarron 
 Sound Encoding  Digital Tracks  Analog Left  Analog Right 
 Spoken Language  Subtitles  CC 
English No subtitle  English 

 Mint Marks sample 
59-261A1-162 211A1890
59-261B1-158 201A9788
59-262A1-002 D0263888
59-262B1-123 211B8257
59-263A1-158 211A9407
59-263B1-013 D1039494
59-264A1-099 211A4697
59-264B1-084 151A2491
59-265A1-034 D1110362

 Additional Information by bobbie_g    09/10/2002 - Last update: 04/02/2006 


  • Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) Internet Movie Database LaserDisc Database
  • Empire Strikes Back (1980) Internet Movie Database LaserDisc Database
  • Return of the Jedi (1983) Internet Movie Database LaserDisc Database

Special Features :

  • Chapter 41 - Star Wars Trailer
  • Chap 50 - The Empire Strikes Back Trailer
  • Chap 53 - Return Of The Jedi Trailer
  • Chap 54 to 62:
    • Featurette
    • Fleshing out the characters
    • the limits of 1977 technology
    • visual enhancements
    • the sound
    • the Empire Strikes Back
    • Return of the Jedi
    • A new musical Finale & As it was meant to be
  • Sides 3 + 6 CAV

 Additional Information by disclord    12/09/2014 

For unknown reasons - and making a mockery of the THX LD programs so-called "standards" - the Special Edition transfers in this box set have incorrect aspect ratios. Star Wars is only 2.21:1, instead of the correct Panavision ratio of 2.39:1, while Empire and Jedi's aspect ratios are both 2.28:1 - better than Star Wars, but still short of the original Panavision framing.

In addition to being the very last release of the original three Star Wars films on LD, this LaserDisc set is the only home video release to present the Special Editions of all three films with the same picture and discrete digital soundtracks used for the theatrical releases. All later editions on DVD and Blu-ray are altered to various degrees and don't represent the theatrical prints.

As a technical side-note, these are the only LaserDisc's of the Star Wars films to be encoded with Faroudja Lab's Super NTSC process which produces greater color resolution, reduces chroma noise and eliminates most of NTSC's artifacts such as dot crawl and flickering rainbows on closely spaced diagonal lines. While Super NTSC produces improved picture quality with all types of comb filters, when a Super NTSC LaserDisc is decoded with an advanced Motion Adaptive 3D comb filter, color resolution of up to 160 lines horizontally and 480 lines vertically with no loss of vertical, horizontal or diagonal luminance resolution is possible.

 Additional Information by zncl2088 (17)   02/02/2019 

Contains physical chapter log along with backstory of Star Wars and backstory of THX. Two of the movies Star Wars and Return of The Jedi start with Dolby Digital Egypt trailer and THX Cimmaron trailer. The Empire Strikes Back starts with Dolby Digital Canyon trailer and THX Cimmaron trailer.